Middlesbro away is Game 17 of the 2014/15 Championship season.
Twenty-eight years ago almost to the day the very same match was about to kick-off as the league’s leading contenders were getting ready to do battle. Harry Redknapp has just won Manager of the Month for October 1986. All sound familar? AFC Bournemouth top of the league, Middlesbro second and Eddie Howe has just been named Manager of the Month.
What was the score back in November 1986? Middlesbro 4 AFC Bournemouth 0.
“Football folk like omens and after the Cherries ‘not at their best’ performance against Brighton and Eddie Howe winning manager of the month, some might believe our winning streak is set to come to an end”
Will history repeat itself? The simple answer is no. Can you see AFC Bournemouth conceding four goals with none in reply? Football folk like omens and after the Cherries ‘not at their best’ performance against Brighton and Eddie Howe winning manager of the month, some might believe our winning streak is set to come to an end.
A more realistic look at today’s outcome will be last seasons results and this season’s form guide. The 2013/14 season saw two draws, a dull 0-0 draw at Dean Court and a six-goal thriller at the Riverside.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0 MIDDLESBROUGH 0
MIDDLESBROUGH 3 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 3
THE FORM GUIDE
Our predictions are rarely right, but that has never stopped us before. Both Boro and Bournemouth are on a run with both occupying first and second in the form table.
With Middlesboro at home the onus will be on them to come out and play and they have a striker in Bamford who can score goals. But, AFC Bournemouth has an equally capable striker in Callum Wilson who will love playing on the break. My head says a 1-1 draw could well be the final score, but its the heart that matters so I am going for a 3-2 victory for the mighty Cherries.